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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Movie: United 93

The movie "United 93" is being released now. Having thought about the controversy of the movie much more over the last two weeks, there are two, often overlapping, opinions of this movie's release to which I simply cannot subscribe.

First, there are those who want to see the movie. My response is: Really? Because people who feel as I do could not stomach seeing these particular murders re-enacted. Stephanie Zacharek of Salon knows what I'm talking about: "Watching this expertly made film about the events of 9/11 was the most excruciating moviegoing experience of my life." She knew it would be, and it was. Luckily, I'm not a movie reviewer like her, so I don't have to go.

Then there is a cascade of people, many of them political conservatives, who think we all need to see it to be freshly reminded of the vicious struggle we are in. These people include David Beamer (I don't know if he's a conservative), father of the heroic Todd Beamer: "it is appropriate to get a dose of reality about this war and the real enemy we face."

To which I have to ask: Did some Americans miss 9/11? Have some forgotten the story of flight 93? Or did its meaning just not sink in the first time -- but maybe it will if they see the movie?

I can understand being frustrated with the anti-war crowd who wants to send policemen and lawyers after those puny social outcasts who threaten us. (You know, outsiders like the President of Iran. -- But I digress.) But to hope that a re-enactment of 9/11 will better make the conceptual case that civilization needs to crush its enemies than did 9/11 itself, I think is pure folly. If the events of 2001 didn't convince someone it is time to fight for our lives, then neither will the Hollywood version.


  • At 4:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Your absolutely right. The Kantian Left not only did not learn the meaning of 9/11, they have actively evaded it every day since. Even worse, they are on the side of the Islamists. I will not see this movie b/c I do not want to experience such terror. I don't need to be reminded of 9/11. Although, I do think its good that the movie was made. If there was no patriotic spirit on behalf of American citizens, the country would be through.

    D. Eastbrook

  • At 10:20 AM , Blogger Brad Williams said...

    I don't think the movie was made out of patriotic spirit (at least not by the director, who is going out of his way to be a-political about it), but you're right patriotic spirit *is* what is motivating many of those championing the movie as important, and that's good.

  • At 9:00 AM , Anonymous Zephram Stark said...

    I wonder why anonymous thinks that "you and your web visitors would be interested in erotic hypnosis." I guess if we can believe 9/11 makes "the conceptual case that civilization needs to crush its enemies" or "it is time to fight for our lives," we can believe just about anything.

  • At 9:56 AM , Blogger Brad Williams said...

    Zephram, if you intended to make a point, give a reason, use some logic, you failed.

  • At 1:59 PM , Anonymous Zephram Stark said...

    In the another comment thread, I asserted that, "We can enable an environment where intelligence can form, but we can't create intelligence. Creation requires control, whereas intellect requires choice; the two are not compatible."

    If you believe that assertion, then it would follow that we can't force others to be free.


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